I would like to inform you of a one-day conference, New Trends in the Study of Medieval Japanese Documents, which will take place at 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University, on July 25, 2019. This conference will focus on Princeton University’s recently discovered collection of Sakuramotobō documents. Organized by Thomas Conlan and Setsuko Noguchi, the morning sessions will be devoted to short research presentations which highlight documentary sources and methods. The afternoon session will introduce the Sakuramotobō documents and explain their significance and will also be devoted to exploring issues of paper analysis, conservation and photography. For those interested in attending, please register at the following website:
The schedule is as follows, but a better formatted version appears online.
New Trends in the Study of Medieval Japanese Documents,
9:20 Introductory Remarks: Thomas Conlan
Panel I: 9:30-12:00 Topics in Medieval Japanese History
Megan Gilbert. Graduate Student. East Asian Studies Department, Princeton University.
“Conciliation in the Gaps: Document-Sealed Decisions Overturned in Fifteenth-Century
David Romney. Graduate Student. East Asian Studies Department, Princeton University.
“Residences of Containment: Late-Medieval Ise Oshi.”
Nate Ledbetter. Graduate Student. East Asian Studies Department, Princeton University.
“Praying for Victory: A 1578 ganmon by Shimazu Yoshihisa in preparation for the Battle of
Horikawa Yasufumi. Professor at the Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo.
“The Muromachi Bakufu and “Distant Provinces”: Center and Peripheries in Late Medieval
Panel II: Princeton’s Collection of Sakuramotobō Documents
1:00-1:15 Thomas Conlan. Professor of East Asian Studies and History Princeton University.
“The Journey of the Sakuramotobō Documents to Princeton.”
Setsuko Noguchi. Princeton University Library Japanese Studies Librarian.
“Digitalization and Future Research Tools Concerning Sakuramotobō.”
1:15-2:00 Ebara Masaharu. Professor at the Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo.
“The Way to Supernatural Powers” (Shugendō) in Medieval Japan: An Introduction to the
Panel III: Issues of Conservation and Paper
2:05-2:45 Ted Stanley. Special Collections Paper Conservator, Princeton University
Library Conservation Department.
“Revealing Hidden Secrets: The Conservation of Eastern and Western Medieval Manuscripts at
the Princeton Library, Komonjo to Gutenberg.”
2:45-3:30 Takashima Akihiko. Paper Conservator and Restorer. Conservation Laboratory at the
Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo
“A Classification of the Paper Used in Medieval Japanese Documents.”
4:15-5:00 Tani Akiyoshi. Researcher and photographer in the Conservation Laboratory at the
Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo.
“Understanding the Historical Possibilities of Photos and Problems with their Conservation.”